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Chapman Breaks Bonnies Golf Records With Final Round 65 at VCU

Chapman Breaks Bonnies Golf Records With Final Round 65 at VCU

RICHMOND, Va. – St. Bonaventure graduate student Christian Chapman put in a day for the record books Tuesday at the Country Club of Virginia Tuckahoe Creek Course, setting a number of program records.

Just two weeks removed from tying the program record for low round by shooting 66 in the season-opening Little Three Championship, Chapman did one better on Tuesday, breaking the record and now owning it by himself with the best round in St. Bonaventure golf history. Chapman carded seven birdies and did not have a single blemish on the way to a 7-under 65 which was also the lowest round in the field for the week.

He was unstoppable on the opening nine, posting birdies on four of the first five holes on the way to a 31 on the front. On the homeward nine, he cooled slightly with three straight pars before a birdie three on the par-4 13th. He holed one more birdie on the par-4 16th, making par on the final two holes to secure the best round in Bona's history.

Chapman opened the tournament by firing a 5-under 67 on the 6,927-yard layout Monday in round one. He posted 1-over 73 in the afternoon round, with just one bad hole for the entire 54 holes, a triple bogey on the first, keeping him from medalist honors. In all, he registered a scintillating 11-under par 205 for the tournament, one shot off the winning score of 12-under by VCU's Charlie Kennedy on his home course.

Along with the overall round record, Chapman also grabbed multiple other top spots in Bonnies history. His 65 broke a three-way tie with himself earlier this year as well as Patrick Sheerer (2016 Binghamton Invitational) and Andy Whalen (2005 James Madison Invitational) while his 7-under score sets the new program record for best score vs. par in program history. His 54-hole total of 205 shattered the old record of 208 shared by Whalen and Bonnies head coach Ryan Swanson, both set in 2005 at JMU. The 11-under total for the week is also the best ever by a Bonnies player over 54 holes.

For the week, Chapman drained 16 birdies, good for second in the field of 72 players.

Over the first three events of the year, Chapman has an average round score of 70.8.

In all, the Bonnies rebounded nicely in the final round with a team score of 284, in itself a top-10 team-low round in the program record books. On a course ripe for scoring during the week, the Bonnies opened with 296 and recorded a disappointing 302 in the second round. As a team, the Bonnies finished 11th with a final record of 882. Richmond showed the way at an eye-popping 844, just one ahead of host VCU while Radford (850) and William & Mary (850) tied for third with Old Dominion (852) fifth.

Fellow graduate student Danny Gianniny finished in red figures with 1-under 71. His Tuesday round was highlighted by an eagle on the 524-yard par-5 fifth. He finished tied for 45th overall (74-75-71/220).

Freshman Jude Cummings ranked third on the team (76-74-74/226) while Andrew LaCongo got better each round (81-79-74/234). Jack Geise rounded out the lineup, also improving each round (79-78-77/234). Playing as an individual, Erik Stauderman recorded rounds of 80-75-76/231.

The Bonnies return to action Sept. 25-26 at the MacDonald Cup hosted by Yale.

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